The Newly-Enlisted Soldiers, Fond Of Noise And Excitement,
Discharged Repeated Salvos By Way Of A Salute To The Mixed
Crowd of Arabs, Banyans, and Wasawahili, who stood on the beach
to receive the Musungu (white man), which they did
With a general
stare and a chorus of "Yambo, bana?" (how are you, master?)
In our own land the meeting with a large crowd is rather a tedious
operation, as our independent citizens insist on an interlacing of
fingers, and a vigorous shaking thereof before their pride is
satisfied, and the peaceful manifestation endorsed; but on this
beach, well lined with spectators, a response of "Yambo, bana!"
sufficed, except with one who of all there was acknowledged the
greatest, and who, claiming, like all great men, individual
attention, came forward to exchange another "Yambo!" on his own
behalf, and to shake hands. This personage with a long trailing
turban, was Jemadar Esau, commander of the Zanzibar force of
soldiers, police, or Baluch gendarmes stationed at Bagamoyo.
He had accompanied Speke and Grant a good distance into the
interior, and they had rewarded him liberally. He took upon
himself the responsibility of assisting in the debarkation of
the Expedition, and unworthy as was his appearance, disgraceful
as he was in his filth, I here commend him for his influence
over the rabble to all future East African travellers.
Foremost among those who welcomed us was a Father of the Society
of St.-Esprit, who with other Jesuits, under Father Superior
Horner, have established a missionary post of considerable
influence and merit at Bagamoyo.
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